UK’s Conservative Manifesto Wants To Censor Internet Porn, Hate Speech, Online Bullying
UK Censorship
(Last Updated On: May 20, 2017)

United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May wants to roll out a new manifesto for a post-Brexit Britain that aligns with very strict Conservative values. The 88 page manifesto runs through a few notable tools that the U.K., government was to employ to help safeguard its citizens, including enforcing ISPs and data acquisition firms to relinquish or delete information held about individuals when they turn 18.

While that might not seem like a bad thing at all, RT delved deeper into the manifesto, which has some striking language that will affect all of the U.K’s residents when it comes to access digital content online.

The most egregious clauses regarding the infringement of internet freedoms starts on page 80, which you can read over on the official Conservative website, where it states…

”We will work with industry to introduce new protections for minors, from images of pornography, violence, and other age-inappropriate content not just on social media but in app stores and content sites as well. We will put a responsibility on industry not to direct users – even unintentionally – to hate speech, pornography, or other sources of harm. We will make clear the responsibility of platforms to enable the reporting of inappropriate, bullying, harmful, or illegal content, with take-down on a comply-or-explain basis.”

Essentially this would mean that the U.K., government would have carte blanche control over the internet in terms of what can be viewed by users, what can be posted by content publishers, and what appears in search engines, social media, and content delivery systems.

As pointed out by RT.com, this Conservative institution would also be able to enact sanctions against those who defy their rulings, or if they choose not to take down the content after their explanation for hosting said content is denied by the content overseers from the U.K’s ruling body.

For example, if they think that certain images from a certain game may be too risque for minors, they can have the site (or search engine) take down the content or face stiff penalties.

Another interesting thing that’s part of the Conservative Manifesto for 2017 is that they will be advocating for more press freedoms to hold them less responsible for the liability of costs during libel cases.

On page 82 of the manifesto, under the “A Free Media” section, it stats…

“At a time when the internet is changing the way people obtain their news, we also need to take steps to protect the reliability and objectivity of information that is essential to our democracy and a free independent press. We will ensure content creators are approprirately rewarded for the content they make available online. We will be consistent in our approach to regulation of online and offline media.”

They cite that they will also not be pursuing the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry regarding the examination and investigation of press ethics that took place back in 2011 after various incidents of unethical means of information acquisition came under scrutiny by Parliament. The second part of the inquiry never got underway and the Conservative party would axe any pursuant means to see it through.

In addition to not continuing the investigation into media ethics and press practices, the manifesto also states…

“We will repeal section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2014, which, if enacted, would force media organisations to become members of a flawed regulatory system or risk having to pay the legal costs of both sides in libel and privacy cases, even if they win.”

This refers to the “Publishers of news-related material: damages and costs” section in the Crime and Courts Act, which you can view over on the official U.K., government legislation website.

This act currently makes it where unless otherwise determined by arbitration or the court, media outlets accused of libel must pay the court fees. In a way, it prevents British media outlets from overstepping the bounds or else risk ending up in court, and paying fees whether they win or lose the case.

Regardless of the sweeping changes made in the manifesto, there’s no word yet on how this would affect websites outside of the U.K., that provides content that runs afoul of their proposed regulations for the internet.


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  • AlecJ

    Britain is heading for full collapse into tyranny. Between its radical Islamist problems and its dependence on more drastic coercion to continue its cancerous socialist welfare state and health care systems, history shows there is only one possible outcome.

    The only question is, have the people of Great Britain been made docile enough to go quietly.

    Its so frustrating that the whole people of a once great nation cannot see the dark future they are headed towards.

    For such an information based society, we sure dont learn from history.

    Its the same collectivist, all powerful government, Utopian nightmare that has doomed every prosperous civilization……

    The worst is……we watch Britain slipping into oblivion and yet, here we are….heading down the same exact path…..merely a few decades behind.

    • Alistair

      No everybody in UK are stupid enough to voted Tories the ones that do are very rich workers rich OAP. But that may change as the Tories are to get rid of the triple lock of pensions to double lock.

      It means they getting less money, and further cost cuts to winter fuel payments as it going to be mean tested.

      We shall see what the turn out will be on the night. It be foolish if those Rich OAPs voted Tories knowing they going to lose out.

  • Alistair
  • Alistair
    • Ahahaha…. it’s funny because people would think you were crazy if they read your comment history about how much flak you give Libs and yet you were forced to vote Democrat because the Conservatives are trying to take away the titties.

      We live in strange times.

      • Alistair

        When did I give flake against lib dems if you mean nick glegg and his power sharing antics as he the one who could get rid of the bedroom tax.

        At least the lib dem now not taking away real life titties, now they taking away real and fictional titties, No hands of our titties.

        Strange times alright. 😛

  • durka durka

    EU would have protected them from this. This brexit thing is working out just fine.

    Both sargon and thunderfoot agreed that they censored themselves in UK and not the EU or anyone else.

    Good luck Britain with a conservative party that multiple of times have praised feminism, dont expect much to change for the better…but hey they totally had to leave the EU without even knowing what EU really is, so lets vote for the Tories again.

    They getting what they deserve. British porn always turned me off, women talk like obnoxious cunts.

    • Mr.Towel

      EU is lead by France and Germany, it isn’t much different on their side.

      • Yep. This is exactly why various Brits voted for Brexit. They didn’t like countries being overrun with immigrants having a say in whether or not Britain’s borders should be open, especially with their own politicians being so far down the line on whether or not they could do anything about it.

        It makes a lot of sense from the point of view of Brit, but now they have to deal with the exact same kind of politicians they feared from the EU, making those same decisions that they supposedly wanted to get away from when they were part of the EU.

  • Alistair

    And so it begins the fight starts here please sign this if you disagree with the nasty party. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0eb6de65509e13c737b2e8def574c66edd1c6807226fb68e7728129e0d69f5b8.png

  • Mr.Towel

    Oh great, the old demons came back. We beat them once, we can beat them again.

    They probably think they’ll have a easy pass since the right seems to winning the cultural war. So they think they can just pull this stuff and it will be popular. The old sogs don’t understand that the new right which rose recently constitutes mostly of teenagers and young adults fed up with the left’s totalitarian nature going overboard. They’re not moralists like their mothers, fathers and grandparents. Much to the contrary, they only want freedom, they don’t care what other people are doing as long as they’re not hurting anybody. It’s only the little fat ladies in their 40s and hairy fat oafs in their 50s which want this moralist stuff. But it’s not them who are winning the cultural war, it’s not them who are fighting back. On the contrary, this old generation is the defeated generation, the generation that let shit get to this point. And it will happen again if we let them to themselves. They pass their moralist crap, then let their actions get usurped by the left and be forgotten again. These people have little idea how societies work. They’re lost.

    Another point that should be very cautioned for the future is the British right. British history is entrenched in puritan Christianity, which is not that different politically from Islam. They want to create their version of “sharia law” and call it a different name. Victorians, which were undoubtedly the Britain’s Golden Age, were radical Puritanists. Puritanism coming mostly from the Protestant Church and the Evangelicals at US. A conservative movement in Britain is a movement which will try to attain the zeitgeist of their golden age, and that zeitgeist will be the Victorian Era, the puritanism from it and everything else. Britain conservatives will always be moralists because of this drive and this common root. They should not be trusted till they let their classic liberal voices sound loud and clear.

    • fenshing

      One thing a lot of people forget, including Christians, is that the Bible does not have in it requirements for how a government should be ran. In fact Jesus stayed away from political topics, the whole “give unto Caesar” quote. Most religions, like Islam, does but Christianity doesn’t. The problem started when the Pope of Rome was given an army and power by Constantine the Great when he moved to Constantinople. So the Roman church became a political and religion institution, which goes against Jesus’ teaching. Jesus never converted someone by the sword. The modern version of that is people who think others should be forced to give more to the government so the government can help the poor. When the Bible teaches that its an individual’s job and that forcing others to do so against their will is theft. It’s like some low rent preachers telling congregations that because Jesus told a few individuals to sell all they had and give it to the poor meant they needed to give everything to their church. Myself, as an Seventh Day Adventist Christian, understand that Jesus was just commanding those individuals to do that and He didn’t ask everyone to do so. Adventists teach the Biblical idea of free will. That you can’t be forced by the sword or by the government to be a different way than you choose. Real followers of the Bible, which there is a lot of Christians who don’t know what it says, know that you can’t legislate morality.

      As an Adventist I have have faced discrimination by Sunday keeping Christians though. Even to the point of being openly mocked on the job and even fired for no reason other than I was the wrong type of Christian. But those are the rare cases.It’s like the Westboro Baptist Church being held up as an example when there is only like a dozen members. Even though I’m a Christian, if it wasn’t for religious freedom we have in the US, people like me would not be able to worship. That’s why my church is for a separation of church and state. Not that religious people shouldn’t run for office or vote but that the state should have no say on how people worship, which was what was meant by the praise “separation of church and state” when Thomas Jefferson wrote it. For the most part what I have seen is leftists hiding behind Christianity, which they are normally hostile toward, in order to say their money and power grabs are for helping people when really it’s for themselves and the government. They are just like the scribes and pharisees that Jesus preached against.

      • Mr.Towel

        Indeed, there’s all sort of crazy between Christian sects. Mostly come from bad theology. Like the many born from the Liberation Theology who believes Jesus was a communist. That sort of crazy.

        And you’re right. Christianity, together with Buddhism, is one of the few major religions who don’t have plans for sociopolitical laws. There’s some stuff from the Old Testament but that is the Jew stuff, Christianity is about the New Testament. If anything, the New Testament brings the opposite, the Abrogation of many Old Covenant Laws, like the Sabbath as in your Adventist experience.

        Much before Virtue-Signaling became all the rage in-between SJW circles, it was already a common domain, a common skill in-between Christians. For too many times I saw Christians sneering at each other because some christian spoke dirty swear words, enjoys sex too much, does anal, likes to drink wine or all other sort of “impure” acts. They believe that they are better than other people because they are more “pure”, they’re better boy scouts.

        Which is ironic, in their narcissistic sense of superiority they defy one of the core tenants of Christian Theology, Humbleness, and commit one of the darkest and sneakiest sins of all: the sin of Pride.

        They look down on the “less pure” others as flock animals who need to be taught the right stuff, even if by force. Very similar to SJW, actually.

        It’s a behavior born from the simple mind. The mind that can’t distinguish the difference between Morality and Ethics. To them, Morality and Ethics are one and the same, their “good” morality is “good”ethics, “there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be a sociopolitical law, it’s only natural”. These kind of Christians and SJW crawl from the same hole.

        • fenshing

          It reminds me of the pharisees creating law after law about what could be done on the Sabbath and what couldn’t when it’s very simple, don’t work or buy and sale. So they could feel like they were more holy than those who couldn’t keep every new thing they came up with. Adventists get accused by those same Christians as being legalistic because we keep the Sabbath commandment. Thats the biggest misunderstanding of Christians, the thinking that the Old Testament doesnt matter when Jesus said that if you don’t believe Moses you can’t believe Him. Adentists teach that there is good people everywhere. That salvation is between a person and God. Some churches teach that you need a middle man. God would never force someone to love Him, so we can’t do that either. Jesus said it’s better to be against him than to be luke warm and be spit out.

          But on the point it’s like I played DnD in High School, I didn’t just play I ran it! It was nuts to me to see religious tracks saying that DnD leads to witchcraft. A game of pretend played by nerds is pretty harmless. I believe that people that make those kind of leaps, DnD = witchcraft, and want to legislate morality are trying to fight their own personal demons. They need to stop giving Christians a bad name because it’s whats driving people away. There is a reason the Adventist church is the fastest growing denomination in the world. There has even been debates in the church on if we should even vote to remove ourselves more from the mess that is politics. I come down on the side of voting since that helps us to keep our freedom a bit longer… well I hope so.

  • Alistair

    We at the last saloon and last chance, this got all the hallmark of history repeat itself.

    Do you remember the “Poll tax” A tax on people introduce by the same Nasty party the tories that cut benefits etc etc etc.

    You could voted them out, and people did say that. But in the end they GOT IN, fast forward time here we go again.

    Wost case If the tories get it Freedom of speech and expression is “FULLY DEAD” And we as voters got ourselves to blame if this comes about.

    So get the Nasty party out of office, I for one wont vote for Tories period.

    If you vote tories then you support the Nanny state and destruction of freedom of speech and expression and punish the disabled and the ill with benefits cuts bravo.

    In the Best case this should be the one a hung paraiment or other party get in.

    But the hung is better because the government get it hand tie by a power sharing with another so they dont always get their way.

    On june 8th i vowed to vote labour, what did the nasty party did for you?

    Cut benefits.
    Bedroom tax.
    Mean tested winter payments, rich OAP wont like that.
    And of couse this censorship.

    So i say again GET THEM OUT. we are to blame if this happens. The PM at last shows her true colours as a femmist.

    As femmists would LOVE to censor the Internet and video game.

    So her party get in we voted in a “regression femmist” PM.

  • Disqusted

    Oh yeah? How are they going to protect minors from sending each other nude selfies of themselves, as they’ve been doing for a few decades now? Hello? Anybody?

    Fact is, it’s not about the minors. They’re just being assholes. To everybody. Meanwhile, in their own homes, you can bet they will be violating every single one of their own rules.

  • GuyverOne

    So what they are saying is the media will be able to print what they want when they want with no repercussions at all… that’s lovely.

    • Basically, British media can go full Gawker. If you thought BBC was bad before, people are going to be in for a whole load of fun if Tory goes through.

      • Disqusted

        Yuck. Hard to imagine BBC getting even worse.

  • Migi

    This was actually bound to happen, If it wasn’t for the so called protecting kids, It would be Islam why it would have been censred otherwise… The kids thing might even be a smokescreen and their actual intention is to fight radical Islam considering everybody nowadays is to call out Islam as a major danger in the west.

    Worse part is gonna be a Merkel style Media that covers up anything bad about crimes by certain groups so that they can be re-elected again.

  • Pratim Gupta

    Western Europe is f*cked beyond belief.

    • durka durka

      dont be like that, there is always south europe, now thats fucked beyond belief.

      • Pratim Gupta

        Whole Europe is f*credit, Chechnya opens concentration camp for gays, Russia and Ukraine are at brink of war, ‘refugees’ invading West in droves, only USA, eastern Asia, and Australia is safe

  • And conservatives wonder why they were hated for so long before SJWs became a thing.

    • durka durka

      The question is not why they were hated, the question is why they getting such high votes in the polls against labor.

      • Well, the problem is they’re only there because of one important issue, not even because people agree with their old establishment ideals.

      • Bitterbear

        Think of it as the same reason Trump won the American Presidency:

        Everyone hates Trump, it just happen that people hate Hillary Clinton more.

    • fenshing

      There is a Huge difference in American conservatives and “conservatives” in Europe. European “conservatives” are more like the liberals in America. Like how the Democrats in California wanted porn stars to wear eye protection, conservatives could care less! There really isn’t a parallel to the conservatives in American in Europe because basically all European politicians lean towards big government nanny state control.

      • Gonna have to disagree with that. Conservatives in America did a lot of shit back in the day, and even now despite Trump being president, they’re pushing through establishment goals to fuck their citizens over again. Once the establishment, always the establishment when it comes to politicians.

        • fenshing

          It seems your more talking about the Republican party, if so I agree. There is a lot of Republicans who run as conservatives but when the get to Washington become tax and spend big government liberals. Right now in my state we are having just that very problem. Its why Im for term limits.

          • I still don’t agree with framing liberals as the only ones who can be authoritarian, big government types. It just plays into America’s partisan game, and I was never a fan of engaging in that way.

  • John27

    Even the “conservatives” in the UK are leftists. Genuine rightists support freedom of speech unconditionally.

  • Michael P

    And like cockroaches the crusty old conservatives are climbing back outta the woodwork again. Why won’t that generation do the decent thing and die already?

    Should’ve seen this coming tbh, they’ve likely been emboldened by the SJW pro censorship stance and those dipshits are too young and stupid to know that the prehistoric right WILL come for their shit too, as it triggers their fundie beliefs.

    lol Oh well, lock and load a VPN Britbongs. I personally recommend ExpressVPN.

    • they’ve likely been emboldened by the SJW pro censorship stance and those dipshits are too young and stupid to know that the prehistoric right WILL come for their shit too, as it triggers their fundie beliefs.

      It didn’t matter. Both sides want to censor the net. Conservatives never hid their intentions about it, though. The only difference is that SJWs always say they’re doing it to stop harassment. Conservatives are always doing it for the kids.

      • EroBotan

        if they don’t want to keep watch and be responsible for their kids then they shouldn’t make them >.>

        • Disqusted

          They shouldn’t be having kids if they think their kids are going to be THAT STUPID that they need to be so heavily regulated.

        • Bitterbear

          Want to offend parents like nothing before? Compare children with dogs.
          Say something along the lines of When children and dogs misbehave, it’s not their fault, it’s yours.

      • tajlund

        Conservative in the UK doesn’t exactly mean the same thing in the UK it does here. These people actually have far more in common with the regressive left than our right. It’s all about totalitarianism. Look who has led the charge on the game banning here in the US, every one of them is a democrat or a huge dem donor. It’s the same people in different costumes, that’s how the left does it.

        There is a book called a Conservative History of the American Left. It is one of the most eye opening things ever written. These people change identities like most of us change clothes, but they always want the same thing, control. Control of language, culture, everything. The American left actually started with radical religious communes in the 17 and 1800’s. I don’t know the origins of the brits conservatives, but I bet you’ll find it was a similar puritan radical culture. I’m not sure if the UK even has anything truly conservative anymore. (Which would actually be the Classical Liberal).

        Many of the most radical religious groups in the US are actually extremely leftist. (Look to the Westboro group for a prime example. He has run for political office as both Green and Democrat, and his church has always supported Leftist candidates.)

        Scratch the surface of any conservative that wants to control lives and you will find a totalitarian leftist at heart.

        • Scratch the surface of any conservative that wants to control lives and you will find a totalitarian leftist at heart.

          Except Thompson had more in common with the Puritan right than the Liberal left in the U.S. It was also the very right-leaning Fox that led the charge against the lesbian sex scene in the original Mass Effect.

          Too many people have drunk the Conservative Kool-Aid telling them that all the ails of censorship were from Democrats pretending to be Conservatives, when in reality there are agents on both sides who want information control.

          It’s also the right gunning to get rid of net neutrality to help move the U.S., one step closer to a corporatocracy.

          http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/18/528941897/fcc-votes-to-begin-rollback-of-net-neutrality-regulations

          Don’t be fooled into thinking that those in power who point fingers at the lunatic SJW authoritarians actually have your freedom of interests in mind.

          • tajlund

            Actually Puritanism isn’t conservative either. It’s a communal movement. Look to the Amish and the Hutterites for examples. I understand your point, but the fact is, none of these groups are conservative or what should rightly be termed Classic Liberal. They all are born from the same poison root.

            I’m still torn on the net neutrality thing. Every version I’ve seen takes power from the corporations and hands it to the government. That is not an improvement.

        • Disqusted

          All the more reason why people should stop identifying by labels. Especially when it comes to something as complex as politics. Can’t realistically expect everyone under a single label to share the exact same views on everything.

          • Migi

            Don’t forget the fact that the majority of ppl are stupid and they need labels to identify themselves with something. That’s most likely the whole reason we haven’t had any political groups that stand center stage and always it’s either left or right.

        • anopolis

          good show…and indeed a fact…hell true conservatives HATE censorship…especially volatile “hate” speech…thats the speech that should be protected the most can’t take away peoples right to be assholes.

      • Disqusted

        They’re all assholes.

      • Alistair

        “For the kids” there are safe guard to protect kids.

        It called a “filter” The last tories gov under david introduce a filter on as a defult and consumer get to opt out to switch the filter to off.

        That the way to go, so there no need for this extra mile.

        But it quite clear now the regression tories had its eye on the internet for ages.

        It not all doom and gloom if the worst happens and they do get in the fight starts because no company want a gov tell them what to do. And even then to pass it into Law it have to go though both house before bill get the queen seal.

        Speaking of i wonder if the queen is a femmist but of couse we wont know because she not allow to intervene.

  • Hawk Hopper

    Many months ago, there was a list floating around (that was featured on this site) that talked about the most and least free internet users around the world. I argued that the UK, among others, shouldn’t be included in the “free” category. I said this because you can be carted off to jail or court or fined for posts that were anti-refugee.

    I guess around the same time, I heard about the British arguing about, legally, how many fingers could be filmed going into a pussy. Ah, yeah, that’s REAL freedom. A bunch of cunts sitting around trying to protect the wholesomeness of other cunts. These are the TRUE descendants of the writers of the Magna Carta.

    • EroBotan

      make sense, UK has been banning a bunch of porn fetishes for a few years already.

      • Alistair

        That not quite true, as you search the net for porn and “Fisting” That didnt pass the “How many fingers test” And you can see “Fisting” Or any extreme porn on the net.

        I like to label it as “rough sex” with a big pay package at the end of it.

        Do they do it just for the fun of it or a big pay package as in Its just a job. The porn industry and this bill will also cost jobs.

    • Disqusted

      Sounds like they need a real hobby.

  • Vrenna

    I suppose the next war will start in UK then.
    Pack your stuff British people, this ain’t gonna end well.

    • EroBotan

      yeah, especially for those with kids. The most horrifying things most likely will happen in their kids era.

    • durka durka

      The EU is not taking any refugees

    • Alistair

      I be wearing a tin foiled hat for all the fallout. If the nuke doest get me this well if they get in.

      And i never forgive them.

  • FlamingoJet

    This is so mother fucking scary, it’s Orwellian. The precedent this could set is legitimately scary for Freedom of Speech.

    • Gozu Tennoh

      We’ve no weapons to defend it with, no one to elect with the people in mind and may’s pretty much going to stay in power.

      We’re doomed.

      • WILLAM

        No not so fast. We can browse what ever we want, when ever we want…!!
        Weapon= Vpn
        Brand= ivacy – because its cheap, if you have money you can buy others
        Result= we are not doomed 🙂

        • Gozu Tennoh

          I wish I could share your optimism but it doesnt look good.

          • WILLAM

            staying positive is the only option we have

    • mikebrand83

      The Regressive Left on one side, Nanny State Conservatives on the other?

      … The only appropriate response:

      I knew it, I’m surrounded by (authoritarian) a**holes!